Boatworks

Ask SAIL: New Boat, New Anchor

by Don Casey, Posted January 15, 2014

I recently purchased a Beneteau Oceanis 41 and keep it on a lake just outside Dallas that has mainly a mud bottom.


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Cruising

Congratulations on your decision to host a visiting cruiser in your home. I’m sure you’re excited to reconnect and hear stories from his or her exotic life afloat. Be warned, though, that even a short time away from the cruising life can be difficult for a cruiser.


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Projects

Make the Switch to Electric Winches

by Steve Dublin, Posted September 16, 2013

I’ve always liked the shape of the fully battened mainsail on Caretta, my tall rig Catalina 380 sloop. But my aging north-of-65 body no longer enjoys cranking it all the way to the top of the mast. Here’s how I upgraded my Lewmar winch for push-button operation.


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Cruising News

I’ve always been fascinated by hurricanes. My father’s tales of the devastating effects of the hurricane of ’38, and the subsequent witnessing of these tropically born monsters hitting the Long Island coast have drawn me ever closer to their fury.


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Boatworks

Propeller Puzzles

by Nigel Calder, Posted December 14, 2010
Steve Hiss of North Kingston, Rhode Island, asks:

"I’ve installed a rebuilt M3-20 Universal diesel on my 29-foot Ericson, and I’m wondering whether the new three-blade prop, which looks a bit too big, is correctly sized. When I put the engine in gear just above idle speed the boat moves forward quietly, but any increase in rpm produces a pulsing vibration under the back of


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